So, we know that if you're new to Drupal, the issue queue can be pretty overwhelming.
Actually, worse than that, it can be completely undiscoverable!
Here's a place to start exploring possible ways to make the experience of getting started contributing to Drupal a more pleasant and inspiring one.
- Community & Support pages on Drupal.org as gateway page
We need to take another look at this section (http://drupal.org/community) - this was intended to be the doorway into the community for newcomers and it's really not doing the job at the moment (I'm allowed to say that, I mostly designed it wayback). It should make the issue queue visible (tho not be the 'home' of the issue queue - rather be the 'safe' entry point for people lacking in experience/confidence), it should provide supporting information re: making sense of the issue queue (acronym unscrambler, how work happens here, people you should know about perhaps? - there is a pretty average members directory that needs fixing or removing)
Mentoring? is this feasible? how might it work?
issues tagged as particularly good for beginners? again, feasible? how might it work? who might actually think to tag things this way?
Ways for non-coders to contribute - a description of things you can do to contribute if you're not a developer and where you might get started (specific actions, not general vast tasks you're incapable of tackling by yourself, perhaps maintained by leaders in the relevant team eg. usability, design, documentation?)
Following tags and people - Imagine if I could say 'I'm into Usability' or 'I'm into security' and the site gave me a set of people, projects, issues to get started following?
Thoughts on these? More ideas?